The ability of Victorian schools to determine their staffing mix has caused the state’s transfer system to “implode”, Annual Conference was told on June 30.
This description of Victoria's experience came from Kevin Pope, the principal at Meadow Heights Primary School and Primary Convenor of the Australian Education Union (Victoria Branch) Principal Class Association.
Bacchus Marsh Secondary College principal and Australian Education Union (Victoria Branch) Principal Class Association Executive member Dionne Fenton also addressed Annual Conference. She explained that if you have a lot of expert teachers — from the top classroom teacher classification — on staff, it impacts on your school’s budget, diminishing your ability to employ additional teachers.
“Some schools will only ever look at graduate teachers,” Ms Fenton said. “There is some ability as a school to advertise for graduate only positions, a very limited number, but a lot of schools will advertise positions and then only shortlist graduate teachers.
“I have a lot of expert teachers in the 35-plus category with a good 20 to 30 years left of teaching. What ability do they have to transfer?” she asked.
Watch Mr Pope’s speech in full at http://youtu.be/YwEujHFivhY.
Watch Ms Fenton's speech in full at http://youtu.be/SyNJF6zun3k.